Cycloalkanes and Cyclohexane Chair Forms

Problem # 319

For a molecule to undergo an E2 reaction, the leaving group and the beta-proton must be in an anti-coplanar conformation (one atom straight up, the other straight down). Based on this, which compound undergoes E2 reaction with KOtBu faster? Why?


Problem # 318

Two stereoisomers of trimethylcyclohexane are shown below (compounds A and B). Compare cyclohexane chair forms to determine which isomer has a lower heat of combustion. Explain your reasoning.